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Encyclopedia > Lake Berryessa
Satellite photo of Lake Berryessa
Satellite photo of Lake Berryessa

Lake Berryessa is the largest lake in Napa County, California. This reservoir is formed by the Monticello Dam, which provides water and hydroelectricity to the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 593 pixel Image in higher resolution (1280 × 948 pixel, file size: 264 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Lake Berryessa in California. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 593 pixel Image in higher resolution (1280 × 948 pixel, file size: 264 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Lake Berryessa in California. ... “Napa Valley” redirects here. ... Monticello Dam is a dam in Napa County, California, United States (located at ). // Monticello Dam was constructed between 1953 and 1957. ... Hydraulic turbine and electrical generator. ... The North Bay is a subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area, in the U.S. state of California. ... USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ...


Prior to its inundation, the Beryessa Valley was an agricultural region, whose soils were considered among the finest in the country. The main town in the valley, Monticello, was abandoned in order to construct the reservoir. This abandonment was chronicled by the photographers Dorothea Lange and Pirkle Jones in their book Death of a Valley. Construction of Monticello Dam was begun in 1953[1], and the reservoir filled by 1963, creating what at the time was the second-largest reservoir in California after Shasta Lake. Dorothea Lange in 1936; photographer: Paul S. Taylor Langes Migrant Mother, Florence Owens Thompson Langes photo of the Japanese Relocation Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965) was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Shasta Lake Shasta Lake is a reservoir created by the building of Shasta Dam in California, USA. Shasta Lake is the largest lake in California with a capacity of 4,552,000 acre-feet (5. ...


The lake is heavily used for recreational purposes and encompases over 20,000 surface acres when full. The reservoir is approximately 25 miles long, but only 3 miles wide. It has approximately 165 miles of shoreline. It has a seaplane landing area that is open to the public. The area was also the site of one of the infamous Zodiac Killer's murders. A police composite sketch of the Zodiac killer. ...

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Hydrology

The lake is fed by the head waters to the 576 square mile Putah Creek watershed. It has a storage capacity of 1,602,000 acre-feet, making it one of the larger reservoirs in California. The lake reached its design capacity for the first time in 1996 when its Glory Hole spillway first operated. Putah Creek is a large stream in Northern California. ... Spillway of Llyn Brianne dam in Wales A Spillway is a structure used to provide for the controlled release of flood flows from a dam or levee into a downstream area, typically being the river that has been dammed. ...


Flora and Fauna

The following fish species can be found in Lake Berryessa:

Binomial name Lepomis macrochirus Rafinesque, 1819 The bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) is a species of freshwater fish. ... Binomial name Salmo trutta Linnaeus, 1758 Morphs Salmo trutta morpha trutta Salmo trutta morpha fario Salmo trutta morpha lacustris The Brown Trout (Salmo trutta morpha fario and morpha lacustris) and the Sea Trout ( morpha trutta) are fish of the same species distinguished chiefly by the fact that the brown trout... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Binomial name Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (Walbaum, 1792) The Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) (derived from Russian чавыча), is a species of anadromous fish in the salmon family. ... Binomial name Lepomis cyanellus Rafinesque, 1819 The green sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus) is a species of freshwater fish in the sunfish family (family Centrarchidae) of order Perciformes. ... Binomial name Oncorhynchus nerka (Walbaum, 1792) Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka), also called Red Salmon or Blueback Salmon, is an anadromous species of salmon found in the Pacific Ocean. ... Binomial name Micropterus salmoides The Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) is a species of fish. ... Binomial name Oncorhynchus mykiss Walbaum, 1792 Native range of Rainbow trout Subspecies See text. ... Binomial name Micropterus punctulatus (Rafinesque, 1819) The spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus) is a species of freshwater fish in the sunfish family (Centrarchidae) of order Perciformes. ...

References

  1. ^ Facts, Lake Berryessa (www.usbr.gov) [1]

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In the northeastern part of the county, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation oversees Lake Berryessa.
Lake Berryessa is less than 45 minutes from the Napa Valley in the eastern part of Napa County.
Prior to 1957, the lake was Monticello Valley and the town of Monticello.
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